Are you the first one in the office and the last one to leave? Do your employees wait for the hand on the clock to hit 5 and they are already gone by 5:01?
You, on the other hand, don’t leave the office until 7 and you’re up until midnight answering emails from earlier in the day.
So here’s the question — how much should a business owner work? What’s acceptable? They run the joint, shouldn’t they get to work as little or as many hours as they want? Or should they work the most because it’s their business?
Well, we asked. In our last study of small business owners, Movers and Head Shakers, we asked them about how much they work, and compared it to their sales growth.
The study was divided into two groups of business owners — Movers, business owners with growing companies (5%+ growth since 2008), and Head Shakers (Less than 5%). Of the Movers, the majority of them had over 28% increase in sales.
We found that most business owners work around 50 hours a week. We also found that Movers worked more — a lot more than Head Shakers.
So my question is, how many hours do you think the business owner should work? More than their employees? Less than their employees?